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Will the Democrats Sweep Congress in November?

Democrats are licking their lips in anticipation of a big score this November, and I'm not talking about the White House. Election experts report that under the current circumstances, the Democrats will significantly increase their majority in Congress.

Record primary voter turnout, and epic fund raising, demonstrates Democratic momentum. In the House, 29 Republicans plan to retire, while only six Democrats are stepping down this year. The fact that so many senior Republicans are saying goodbye, signals a lack of confidence that their party will regain the majority. Plus, many of the Republican retirees come from swing districts, giving the Dems even better chances.

Many Democrats worry that the bitter battle between Obama and Clinton may make it difficult for the party to take advantage of low GOP approval ratings. But Mark Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos thinks there is a silver lining in the blue battle. He wrote in Newsweek: "The frenzied organizing around the country has proved a catalyst for dramatic party building in states that had been Democratically dormant."

Do you think the Democrats are going to give the Republicans an election spanking this November?
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raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
I agree! In fact, I want to go back to slavery!
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Well said mellowman. :)
mymellowman mymellowman 9 years
My God, I will say legislating from the bench is bad. Brown vs. the Board of Ed, whether was "socially the right thing to do," was not the legal meaning of the law and NEVER should have been ruled as such. Beyond the matter that it was discussed whether the law could be implied as such when it was written (and those people said that it wouldn't be,) the judges even said that there decision was based upon what they felt was right, not the law that was passed. While I will agree that Judges from both sides of the fence can and do legislate from the bench, a truly conservative judge would not do as such as he is more concerned with interpreting the law (interpreting, not re-interpreting) rather than basing the ruling on the "needs of the people." If the people truly need it, old laws do not need to be re-interpreted, new laws need to be passed.
piper23 piper23 9 years
That was bad legislation, the President knew it and didn't pass it. Pork barrel spending is a problem and its usually a democrat who is pushing the problem. Am I wrong?
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
it makes up for my bitter republican-ness! ;)
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Well it's sickly sweet.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
haha nica! you are not the first person to tell me that! but its a brand new one so I have to keep it till i get sick of it! :)
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
nica - oh yea, i totally agree congress will probably be corrupt no matter who is in charge, i think all politicians are corrupt to some degree! as for brown, i'm not saying that all legislating from the bench is bad, its just that the democratic party seems to have moved so far left that things they would try to legislate from the bench, in my opinion, such as gay marriage, are issues that are very important to the average citizen and they should be able to have some kind of voice on it.
nicachica nicachica 9 years
ps - on a completely random note, you need to change your avatar. it's too yummy to look at and my 4 pm hunger pangs are making me want a cupcake! ;)
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
When its said that he vetoed the Military Pay Raise Act, it makes it sound like he didn't want a pay raise for the military, not true.. he gave the military a 3% raise, only .5% less than what was in the act.. What he was against was a small section of the act where it stipulated that Iraqi assets in the United States would be frozen.
nicachica nicachica 9 years
cabaker, what about Brown vs. Board of Education? yes, it was done by a liberal court but the ultimate good it brought about FAR outweighed any public opinion against keeping schools separate and unequal. also, i'd like to hear your opinion on what i originally posted about Congress being corrupt no matter who's in power. its kinda nice to have civil conversations with people on the other side of the aisle...:)
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
No not at all! I think they both lean left! :) Come on Jill, its a consipracy! You know it!! :)
Jillness Jillness 9 years
So you think Citizen is completely neutral and without bias, and Liberty is alone in having a "slant"? Interesting. ;) I wonder which way the "don't say rape" judge was leaning... You are blaming his veto of the Military Pay Raise Act, the SCHIP legislation, and the bill that banned waterboarding on pork barrel spending?? Interesting...
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
nica, i was kidding of course, but i do respectfully disagree, i think liberal judges legislate from the bench far more often than conservative ones
piper23 piper23 9 years
Maybe if the Democrats would stop stuffing legislation with what should be ILLEGAL pork barrel spending, President Bush might actually pass something.
nicachica nicachica 9 years
Cabaker...ummm...i think judges have been legislating from the bench on the conservative side for quite some time now! i don't think that's a liberal/conservative thing...everyone does it!
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Jill you have a pretty crazy idea of what constitutes right leaning! :) Besides, if we get a Dem for president, we won't need congress because of all those judges who will be legislating from the bench! :)
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Ya'll know that Citizen's posts lean right and Liberty's leans left. There is equal opportunity bias on this site, it doesn't just occur when Liberty posts. ;)
nicachica nicachica 9 years
UnDave, i think the Dems aren't doing much mainly because it's so freakin impossible to do much and even though they have a slim majority, Republicans know how to bog things down in procedures and rules of the Congress. Even though i'm a die-hard liberal, i wouldn't mind seeing an entire sweeping out of Congress and replacing each sitting Congressperson with a variety of people from all walks of life. Having ordinary Americans in Congress could a) make laws that have an impact on their daily lives and b) truly experience being involved in civic life and contributing to a national agenda towards making this country as great as can be. ahhhh...but that's just a pipe dream. as a native Washingtonian, i know that even though the people may change, the town never will. Corruption and greed will always trump ideals whether we like to admit it or not. I know that even if the Dems get a large majority in Congress, they're going to pull the same crap that Republicans did back in 1994 when they ran on a campaign of reform (Contract with America anyone?). They're going to sweep back into congress on a platform of change and have a few fancy press conferences and pontificate about how NOW is the time for change. they'll pass a few laws that will placate the party base and then...then they'll go back to their old backroom deals and meetings with lobbyists and special interests and the whole cycle will repeat itself. lather. rinse. repeat.
syako syako 9 years
cine do you see who it is... ;) :drool:
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
The problem with congress isn't that Bush vetoes anything that comes from democrats. The problem is that the democrats aren't working towards anything that would be helpful to the country. The only thing that keeps being brought up is legislation to defund the war, and that is quite frankly political suicide to let that pass. We are all at a crosseroads and November will be a historic election. I just hope that this nation makes the right choices, so that we can end the left/right partisonship, and get back to creating legislation that is in the best interest of the nation, and not just a select few who happen to yell the loudest.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Congress can't do anything because Bush vetos anything that comes from the Democrats, and because they don't have a big enough majority. Their inability to get anything done has a whole lot to do with the fact that they outnumber the Republicans by an insignificant amount. If you look at the polling numbers of the primaries, even before McCain became the front runner, democrats have been doubling the Republican turn out. I think the dems will be very strong in November. They are voting as if their lives depend on it.
mymellowman mymellowman 9 years
There is potential for a strong Democratic uprising, but seeing how things have been going, I doubt it will be this massive storm.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
The congress has a lower approval rating than the president. I see a broadstroke replacement of all congress, with the end result being about the same percentage of republican and democrats. The difference is the new congressmen will know that they need to get things done
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
No'm Miss Daisy, they sho won't.
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